Wendy Blaxland is an Australian author who has written over a hundred children's books and a dozen plays for young people. She enjoys writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her books include 'The Princess and the Unicorn', which has been read on the BBC 2 Jackanory series, and a series of twelve books, 'How are They Made?' looking at how ordinary objects like pencils and paper, sneakers, T-shirts and guitars come into being, with a global emphasis on the process from raw materials to final products. Many of her books are designed for those just beginning to read, and often have an emphasis on humour. Wendy lives in Sydney with her family (including a dog and two cats), sharing the surrounding bush with king parrots and water dragons, rainbow lorikeets and even bats. Wendy loves travel and theatre, and works with Marian Street Theatre for Young People. Her latest play, CROSSING, was written for the bicentenary of the crossings of the Blue Mountains by a group which included one of her forebears, Gregory Blaxland. She is also contributing to the famous Sydney Opera House series Babies Proms.